If you've got your hands on the latest issue of LRO, you'll have seen the blistering turbo-charged 200bhp Freelander 1 that Mark Saville recently experienced in Scotland. It isn’t quite factory spec…. Fortunately though, you don't have to go high-octane to get your kicks out of a first generation Freelander.
They're often overlooked when searching for a Land Rover, but there are huge benefits and great fun to be found. From soft-top three door V6’s to family friendly five-door diesels, the Freelander 1 had it covered.
A prime point for argument between Land Rover purists, due to the lack of a low range gearbox and tricky ground clearance when in the rough stuff, the Freelander 1 suffers from marmite syndrome; you seem to either be Freelander-friendly or not.
The Freelander 1 gave many drivers their first chance at Land Rover ownership, and while the 1.8 K-Series petrol engines proved to be a cylinder head nightmare, the rest of the engine range were pretty dependable.
Plagued with doubt from unwary owners and cost-cutting servicing, you need to be wary when choosing a Freelander 1. Abused, high mileage examples will be trouble waiting in the wings but a well-cherished model will be a joy. Check out LRO's Freelander 1 expert buying guide before taking the plunge, and don't forget the latest market prices feature every month in LRO's Price Guide.
Off the beaten track, the Freelander 1 will take you further than any other ‘soft-roader’. We're putting that to the test, with some big plans up our sleeve for LRO's Freelander 1. There's a reason you won't have seen it out and about for a while…
If you are looking for a Freelander 1, don’t forget to check out the Land Rovers for sale on LRO.com. We’ve found three examples we’d part with our cash for…
1998 Camel Trophy Freelander - £6750
Having taking part in the 1998 Tierra Del Fuego Camel Trophy event, this is your chance to own an original piece of Land Rover history. See if you can spot it strutting its stuff…
2004 Freelander Td4 - £3500
Just look at it! An unmolested example, this serious looker will hold dramatic road presence with practicality in spades.
2003 Freelander Diesel - £2200
With the removable sun roof and hard top, this is an ideal vehicle for summer beach visits and incoming winter weather - with the off-road ability to tackle both at the same time. While carrying a couch.